Friday 2nd £15/12 BOOK ONLINE IF PROBLEMATIC, PHONE ANDY 07985 778994
Mornington Lockett Quartet
Ronnie’s favourites with Simon Thorpe & Spike Wells
Mornington Lockett (tenor sax) John Critchinson (piano) Simon Thorpe (bass) Spike Wells (drums)
On Mornington: "One of the country's most accomplished contemporary improvisers, with a fearsome technique and advanced harmonic approach." - Time Out "One of the most complete masters of the instrument alive today." - The Observer "Abrasive and roaring one moment, then cutting suddenly to a gentle caress - exciting stuff." - The Venue "Sounds like Hendrix on sax." - Noel Gallagher.
The mighty Critch played in Ronnie Scott's bands and club for 16 years, accompanying such greats as George Coleman, James Moody, Joe Henderson, Chet Baker and Johnny Griffin, so there is little about the music he doesn't know. One of the UK's most popular bassists, Simon has featured on CDs with Stacey Kent, Bobby Wellins and Alan Barnes. Spike needs no Verdict introduction.
Monday 5th £25 workshop £15 concert £30 both BJS WEBSITE
Geoffrey Keezer and Gillian Margot
Brighton Jazz School workshop and concert with international stars
Friday 9th £15/12 BOOK ONLINE IF PROBLEMATIC, PHONE ANDY 07985 778994
Osian Roberts with Gareth Williams
‘booming old-school tenor sound, magisterial and concise’ – Guardian
Osian Roberts (tenor sax) Gareth Williams (piano) Simon Woolf (bass) Spike Wells (drums)
On Osian: "The most important saxophone player in this country since Tubby Hayes" - Peter Broadbent "One of Britain's finest players... fresh and accessible, with a warm tone and contemporary melodic approach." - Ray Clapton
On Gareth: "A joyous, uncompromising celebration of sophistication, musicality and muscularity... shockingly good." - MOJO "by turns energetic and reflective, and always sparklingly melodic." Observer
Bassist Simon's hero is Red Mitchell, and he has accompanied Benny Golson, Harry Allen, Bobby Wellins, Ruby Braff, Howard Alden and Geoff Simkins (see 17th May). Spike needs no Verdict introduction.
Friday 16th £15/12 BOOK ONLINE IF PROBLEMATIC, PHONE ANDY 07985 778994
Chris Batchelor’s Happy House
exciting new quintet featuring Chris Montague and Margrit Hasler
Chris Batchelor (trumpet) Margrit Hasler (viola) Chris Montague (guitar) Steve Watts (bass) Simon Roth (drums)
Always innovative and creative, Chris Batchelor plays in the re-formed Loose Tubes, has accompanied Michael Brecker, Sam Rivers and Hermeto Pascoal, and in 2009 won the Paul Hamlyn Award for composition. "A fine trumpeter who intriguingly blends Miles Davis's shrewd pacing and evocativeness with Harry Beckett's bubbly phrasing" - John Fordham. The unusual instrumentation of Chris's latest project creates a highly original sound, and Happy House are equally at home with the delicate Americana of Bill Frisell, the splashy themes of Ornette Coleman, the energetic drive of Arthur Blythe, or with Batchelor and Montague's own inventive originals.
Saturday 17th £12/10 BOOK ONLINE
Joss Peach's Special Edition Quintet
Pianist Joss returns to the Verdict with a new line up of long term collaborators, featuring Imogen Ryall on vocals and Julian Nicholas on saxes, as well as Nigel Thomas on bass and Dave Trigwell on drums. The quintet will play a diverse mix of material including pieces by jazz legends Wayne Shorter, Chick Corea and Miles Davis, as well as reinterpreting non jazz material by more contemporary artists such as Massive Attack, Portishead and Sting. They will also give their own unique treatment to some favourite standards. Expect an evening packed with great melodies, rich textures, responsive interplay and musical creativity.
Sunday 18th £10/8 BOOK ONLINE IF PROBLEMATIC, PHONE ANDY 07985 778994
Geoff Simkins Trio
master saxman launches new CD
Geoff Simkins (alto) Nikki Iles (piano) Dave Green (bass)
GEOFF says "It is a privilege for me to comprise one third of this trio and to have recorded our newly released album In a Quiet Way. Even after a lifetime playing this music I’m still thrilled by the opportunity to improvise with such creative, inspiring players using, as a starting point, tunes by some of my favourite composers including Kenny Wheeler, Lee Konitz, Earl Zindars and Jerome Kern."
NIKKI says "Both Dave and Geoff are unique musicians and there is an unspoken alchemy between them that inspires me to dig deeper in my own playing. The unexpected twists and turns of Geoff's softly spoken lines, so utterly fresh and improvised, combine with Dave's deeply infectious feel and openness of approach which allows for genuine unforced musical dialogue."
DAVE says "I have played with Geoff and Nikki in various groups over the years, they are both wonderfully interactive and sensitive players, so I relished the prospect of playing in a trio with these two great musicians who I have long admired. To me the essence and the joy of jazz is achieving those moments of perfect group interaction. This requires big ears and an unselfish attitude amongst the participants - working for the group rather than thinking about projecting yourself individually.
ED says: "Geoff's release of a CD under his own name is a rare and precious event, rarer still when the disc includes an original, For DJC, dedicated to Dave Cliff. Do not miss this chance to toast its world premiere performance."
Friday 23rd £10/5 New Generation Jazz WEBSITE presents
‘one of the brightest stars in the jazz piano galaxy’ – Jazz FM
Sam Leak Trio
Rob Leak (piano) Misha Mullov-Abbado (bass) David Storey (drums)
Pianist/composer Sam is highly involved in a number of different Jazz scenes throughout the UK but is most widely known for his band Aquarium, which has released two albums: their eponymous debut on Babel (2011) and Places on Jellymould (2013). Both were critically acclaimed and won regular radio plays. "Surefooted creativity… way beyond respectful expertise" - John Fordham "The heavyweights of the British Jazz scene" - Jamie Cullum "Multi-faceted and smart as a pin, this is poetic chamber Jazz of a very high order" - MOJO Magazine
Wednesday 28th £6/5 Safehouse WEBSITE presents
Sloth Racket + OC/DC
‘agreeably spicy goulash of grumpy riffs and bluesy themes’ – Quietus
Friday 30th £12/9 BOOK ONLINE IF PROBLEMATIC, PHONE ANDY 07985 778994
hot young band's Verdict debut
Jon Shenoy’s Draw by Four
Jon Shenoy (tenor sax) Will Bartlett (organ) Sam Dunn (guitar)
Chris Draper (drums)
With a line-up steeped in tradition, Draw by Four take the classic 1960s organ quartet into brand new territory where the compositions from leader Jon Shenoy combine contrapuntal bass lines and rhythmic hooks with thoughtful lyricism. Mixing stark ethereal voices with gritty Hammond boogaloo, organist Will Bartlett (Salena Jones) draws on a wide palette of sounds that build the foundation for an infectious mix of groove-based originals, enchanting ballads and unique avant-pop arrangements. "Jon Shenoy is without doubt a hidden gem. A unique multi-instrumentalist, he plays with sophistication, soul and eloquence." - Claire Martin